This is the city: Los Angeles, California. I work here. I'm an ex-mayor. Los Angeles is a magnet for people from all over the world. Some of them run for public office. Inevitably some of them stray from the golden rule and rule for those that have the gold. That's when I go to work. My name is Yorty. I'm a dead pol.
Page 201 of the landmark Christopher Commission Report on the problems with the LAPD under Chief Daryl Gates found that while a Police Chief has the legal "right" to endorse candidates for office the Chief should not. This was not only the view of the panel led by the esteemed attorney and former US Secretary of State Warren Christopher but by a number of other big city police chiefs surveyed. At issue were endorsements made by then Chief Gates even following the admonishment of several members of the Police Commission. Even Gates himself later told the commission he made his endorsments out of "anger" and that such endorsements were "improper and should be discouraged."